NALIP-NY Prime Latino Media Salon, June 20 in NYC

At the pre-NALIP conference Prime Latino Media Salon, guests donated and voted on Latino filmmakers' works-in-progress. Daniel Maldonado's H.O.M.E. garnered the most votes, winning the 2013 Audience Award and cash prize. H.O.M.E. stars Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesus Ochoa and Angela Lin. Check out the trailer online here.

Join us this month in East Harlem at the
Thursday, June 20th, 6-8:30PM
New York's only monthly series for Latino multimedia-makers & actors

Advocates, activists and agents of change through documentary filmmaking tell stories of Latin Americans and U.S.-born Latinos by turning the camera on people, Latino images and social issues impacting us in the U.S. and in Latin America. From editors turned Producers to actors turned Directors, come and hear tales and causes championed, as well as insights from these stellar Latinos' journeys, projects and perspectives on the industry.

Date & Program Schedule: Thursday, June 20th, 6-8:30PM
6PM: Arrival & Networking
6:30-7:30: Live recording for TV broadcast on Manhattan Neighborhood Network
7:30-8:30: Networking

•   Moderator: TIO LOUIE/Louis E. Perego Moreno, Pres., Skyline Features
•   Marcelo Bukin: Award-winning Director with documentary, Dreaming Nicaragua
•   Monica Gutierrez: Activist, Director & Actor behind the feature, The Face of a Woman
•   Melissa Montero Padilla: Filmmaker & political activist with her project on a 105-year-old Puerto Rican subject, Isabel Rosado: Nationalist
•   Miguel Picker: Latinos beyond Reel: Challenging A Media Stereotype, a film by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun, Co-produced with Edwin Pagan

Venue & location: El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, 175 E. 104th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues)
Marcelo Bukin
He is an award-winning Director specializing in highly visual, character driven, thought-provoking stories. His films have screened in more than 150 international film festivals. His documentary feature, Dreaming Nicaragua is the story of four outstanding children and their families who live in the tragedy of extreme poverty in Nicaragua, but face their lives with an inspiring unity, strength and humor. The film was awarded the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant and won the prestigious Gold Award at FIPA in France.

Monica Gutierrez
She is the Director and Executive Producer of the documentary film in production about domestic violence called The Face of a Woman. It's the true story of Crusita Martinez, a young poor mother from the Dominican Republic who is attacked and deformed with acid by her ex-boyfriend.  Monica has a B.A. from the CUNY Queens College in Political Science & Communications and a Certificate in Film Directing and Producing from the Hollywood Film Institute. She worked at Univision WXTV Ch 41 in the news department as an Assignment editor and Field Producer.

Melissa Montero Padilla
For the past years 10 years, Melissa has been active in the movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners. She is a media professional having worked at various television and cable networks. She co-produced, The Legacy of Frank Bonilla and Pura Belpre, two documentaries for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. At the age of 105, the subject of her "work-in-progress," Isabel Rosado: Nationalist is an unapologetic radical nationalist who has sought independence for Puerto Rico from the U.S. since the 1930s.

Miguel Picker
He is a New York-based Chilean-American filmmaker, an award-winning editor, director, and music composer with nearly three decades' experience. He edited and composed music for Borinqueneers (2007), broadcast nationally on PBS in 2007. He is currently working on Ulises' Odyssey (set in his homeland of Chile) and Siqueiros: Walls of Passion. In his latest project, Latinos Beyond Reel, he explores how U.S. news and entertainment media portray – and do not portray – Latinos.